Posted by: L.J. Popp | December 31, 2013

2013 in review

2013 was a great year for me. Here’s a few of my own stats before I include the blog stats:

Been there, done that:
May- snorkeled, scuba dived and swam in Florida and the Bahamas.

July- Started romantic relationship with long-time Christian friend, Charlie Kowalchuck.

September- Road trip up to Charlie’s home in Dayton, Ohio with a stop over in Indiana. First time at Holiday World theme park and adult fun place, Scene 75.

November- Road trip and missions conference in Kansas City, stop over in Witchita and saw the zoo.

More November- visited friends in the beautiful New Mexican desert and watched the sunset from the top of Sandia Peak. Albuquerque zoo.

December- Hiked through ruins and walked where Jesus walked in Israel.

Writing Achievements:

Won 2 first places, a second, a third, and 2 honorable mentions at the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Conference in Oklahoma City.

Wrote short story “Glacian Gold.” 

Finished second draft of  An Honest Assassin, the sequel to Treasure Traitor.

Wrote 1st act of a musical, Changelings.

Submitted to 28 publishers, agents, and contests. No publications, but I did get several nice, personal rejection letters from top places like Scholastic and Thomas Nelson. The latter said they only publish one Christmas book a year, and I was runner up!

Attended May and October SCBWI conferences in Tulsa and Chandler, OK.

Guest blogger on 5 blogs.

Gave 7 speeches/presentations on 1.) How to incorporate missions in writing, 2.) Japan 3.) Sensory detail in fiction 4.) What inspired me to write Treasure Traitor.

Taught four panels at Tokyo in Tulsa and Izumicon.

Sold 300 copies of Treasure Traitor.


Worked 20 hours/week at the YWCA and volunteered more. Taught 4 Japanese lessons per week via skype.


Read a whole lot of books, including 6 of the 7 Harry Potters.

Blog details:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



  1. Sounds like a great year!

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